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Winter Solstice

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The Winter Solstice occurs at 2:44 a.m. San Francisco time on December 21st. With it comes the shortest day and longest night as well as the triumph of light over dark.

Energy is dormant and hidden, deep inside. Welcome the Sun back by cooking a traditional meal or a good chakra meditation. However you mark this time, the spirit of this moment lies in hope.

Like a seed, you carry the Sun within you. This is an excellent time to write your goals down, whatever you would like to achieve, by the Spring Equinox.

Happy Yule!

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Winter Solstice 2016: Time to regenerate?

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Wednesday December 21st 2016- The Sun moves into Capricorn as the Winter Solstice occurs in the Northern Hemisphere (Summer in the Southern Hemisphere).

Astrologically, we have a few standouts: As the Sun moves from the critical degree of Sagittarius and into Capricorn, we have Saturn in Sagittarius. Saturn is helping us this Solstice, it is good to have it it Sag this time around. The combination of the two gives us some steady feet to go on this internal adventure. Sag is optimistic and Capricorn is not always so. Saturn rules Capricorn (as well as Aquarius), so its effect is amplified when the Sun is in a planet that it rules. Capricorn can be relentless, it is cardinal Earth, so this is a time to move into the last pieces of internal work (have you felt it this past few months?) with gusto. Yes, it is almost Christmas, it is…

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Winter Solstice 2016

Aiyanna Lynn - Inspired Life | Welcome to Avalon

Winter Solstice 2016 – The sun moves into Capricorn at 2:45AM PST on Wednesday, December 21st. This is the moment that the Northern Hemisphere tips furthest away from the sun. Sunlight shines on the Southern Hemisphere, which is enjoying the height of the summer and the longest day, while the Northern Hemisphere experiences the longest night.

Now is the time to tune inward to reflect upon and make sense of the past 12 months. Consider everything, the ups and the downs, the twists and the turns – all of it. Often we don’t understand the journey that we have taken until we look back on it. In review, we can see how far we’ve come. One of my teachers used to say “it’s all included” the good as well as the bad, and all experiences are valid and useful.

Capricorn is a practical, grounded sign, it wants to build things…

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21 Ways to Celebrate Winter Solstice

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Winter Solstice – also known as Yule – is one of my favourite times of the year…. okay, my absolute favourite time of year. But maybe I say that for all holidays!

And while I love the major celebrations of Samhain (the start of the Dark Half of the year in the Celtic Wheel of the Year) and Beltaine (the beginning of the Light Half of the year), there is something about Winter Solstice that touches so many. Virtually all cultures and faiths celebrate Father Sun and the return of the light at Solstice.

So what is Solstice? The word solstice comes to us from two Latin words, sol  (the Sun) and sistere (to stand),  referring to the standing sun that we experience twice a year. During the days around the solstice, the Sun appears to stop in its travels (particularly dramatic in polar regions!).

On Solstice, our ancestors celebrated…

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December Solstice 2016

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Winter Solstice 2016

This year the ’December Solstice’ occurs on 21st at 10:44:07 UT (05:44:07 EST) – it is, in other words, the Sun’s annual ingress into tropical Capricorn.

In the Northern Hemisphere, Winter Solstice happens every year when the Sun reaches its most southerly declination of -23.5 degrees; at that time, the shortest day and longest night of the year will be experienced in the Northern Hemisphere; but the opposite is true for the Southern One (since, let’s imagine, the Sun is directly overhead at noon on the Tropic of Capricorn), there the Summer Solstice happens inducing the longest day and shortest night.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the shortest day of the year often falls on December 21st, but the modern calendar of 365 days a year – with an extra day every four years – does not correspond exactly to the solar year of 365.2422 days. Therefore, this solstice can happen on December…

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Mercury Retrograde/ Summer Solstice

Michelle McClunan

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Here’s a quick  heads up, as we scurry or scuffle towards the end of the year. Mercury in Capricorn turns retrograde on the 20th December until the 9th January. Being the planet of communication, it can and often does coincide with  disturbances or breakdowns in all forms of communication and conveyance. SO, even if it feels like you don’t have the time,  take a few moments to back up your ALL your data – across all your devices. Check your travel bookings and allow for extra time to get wherever you’re going. Check documents before you sign them and take ten deep breaths before you react verbally – to anything. Mercury is travelling alongside Pluto right now, which could make for some fairly intense interactions!

Apart from the irritating stuff, at a deeper level, we are all being given an opportunity to carefully consider, assess (Mercury Retrograde in…

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* From the Galactic Centre to WINTER SOLSTICE 2016: Light Returning…

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These days, Dec 17 – 19 is the yearly time when (in the Northern Hemisphere) the SUN in late SAG points to theheart of our Milky Way Galaxy – the Galactic Centre, a dark rift, ‘black hole’, AND a birthing place out of stillness, energetically honoured by indigenous cultures as the Womb of Creation.

All of us with our birthday these days, or other planets in our birth chart at 26 – 28° Sag, are strongly called to align from our loving heart with the heart of hearts, follow ultimate truth, inner guidance, and trust the inner soul light on our path.

galacticcenterStar Cluster in the Galactic Centre (NASA) – Heart of our Milky Way, at the end of SAG where the SUN travels just before the WINTER SOLSTICE Point


On the Winter Solstice intersection of SAG / CAP, we are also at the Space-Time cross(roads).

Showing up at the right place at the right time matters, and meets the…

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Awaiting the Sunrise: Holding an Outdoor Winter Solstice Vigil

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A group of people make music and merriment near a roaring fire during the longest night of the year. Their mission: to await the sunrise and hold vigil through the darkness with feasting, celebration, and the burning of the sacred yule log. The winter solstice vigil–lasting upwards of 15 hours in the darkness can be one of the most intensive, challenging, and rewarding experiences.  I’ve succeeded at one all-night vigil and failed at one all-night vigil (due to underpreparedness, see later in the post) and yet both have been moving experiences.  This year, on the 21st, a group of us is going to attempt an outdoor all night vigil.  At this point, the weather looks good (not dipping below 30 degrees and clear) which is about the best Winter Solstice Vigil weather you can ask for!

In preparation for next week’s vigil, I thought I’d take…

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2016-12 W52: Forecasts for Week 52 of 2016

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2016-12 W52: Forecasts for Week 52 of 2016

WEEK 52 (W52) / (EUROPEAN WEEK 51 / W51)

The Moon is waning just a few days past full with both the Winter Solstice on Wednesday the 21st along with the shift to the last quarter.  By itself, those are enough to make this week “interesting” but the Mercury Retrograde station Monday precisely on the day that the College of Cardinals, er the Electoral College, meets to decide (if that is possible for them) on our new president.  Let’s hope for white smoke so we can all move forward.  Saturday contains the highly influential trine of Saturn to Uranus, and the following week contains the Uranus direct station.  Though almost all of the Uber Liberals don’t get it, Donald Trump IS a Uranian president-elect, and this week is important to him (and us).  These Uranus / Saturn / Mercury shifts on top…

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